Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize. Other collections include Einstein’s Beach House (2014), The Magic Laundry (2015) and Phoning Home: Essays (2014). Jacob’s short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals and has been short-listed for the O. Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. In addition to fiction, Appel has written several plays and many newspaper and online commentaries, and he has published essays about bioethics. He holds several masters degrees as well as both medical and legal degrees and practices psychiatry in New York City. He has taught at Brown and NYU. More at www.jacobmappel.com.